If the thought of staying at home for the foreseeable future is making you a bit antsy, fear not! There are plenty of ways to stay entertained (and even productive) during this time of quarantine. Following are a few ideas to try.
Get a workout in
Whether you’ve got hundreds of feet to exercise or just a few, there are a variety of home workouts online that require little space and little to no equipment. Many local and national groups, athletes and enthusiasts are also doing livestreams, so you can feel like you’re working out in a group.
Cook something new
Check the internet for a variety of recipes and how-to videos for many a delicious dish. For those more experienced in the kitchen, check out any of our Chef Chat pieces!
Clean, clean, clean
Now’s the time to clean out under the bed, inside the drawers, in the closet or wherever you keep that secret mess. Even better, set aside a bag (or bags) of clothing and other useful items for the underprivileged. That way, you’re making a difference in your life and in the lives of others.
Read a book
Pick up that novel that’s been sitting on your nightstand for months and get to reading! If you’re feel extra creative, write your own short story. And don’t forget the kids, if they are too young to read themselves, reading together is a great bonding and learning activity.
Why not now? Find a calming video online and try to calm your mind for a few minutes.
Binge some TV
Want to be in the pop culture conversation? Start watching the shows your friends won’t stop talking about – but make sure to get up and stretch or take a walk between episodes!
Try a puzzle
Whether you’re a novice or an expert, it’s a great time to start a fun and complex puzzle. Not only will you entertain yourself, but you’ll keep your brain engaged, too.
You may want to look back on this time years from now. Start a journal or blog about your experiences and see where it takes you.
Take a walk
Quarantine doesn’t mean you can’t go outside. Get your body moving with a walk around the neighborhood with your pet or a partner.
Learn a language
No, you won’t be able to master Mandarin while in quarantine, but you can certainly learn the basics! There are plenty of apps and helpful websites that can get you started on your journey to learning a new language.
Convene with your roommates
Whether you live with a spouse, children, roommates or your family, it’s good to have a meeting to discuss the best ways to coexist for an extended period of time. Setting ground rules early will save you from disputes down the road.
Learn to make a cocktail
Learn to make a classic like a Manhattan or Old Fashioned, or make up your own! It’s a great time to experiment in the kitchen and learn some mixology.
Do your taxes
While not exactly fun, taxes are still due in April (although penalties and interest on tax payments are waived for 90 days). Check something not-so-fun off your list and feel accomplished!
Connect with friends and family
… over the phone, of course. Whether it’s a large video chat or short phone call, make sure you’re checking in with your loved ones.
Many Oklahoma restaurants are still serving curbside and delivery. If you’re sick of raiding your fridge for some grub, get some fresh air and support local businesses while you’re at it.